BENGALURU: A grain merchant on Friday filed a case with Mahalakshmi Layout police that Rs 46 lakh cash was stolen from his car.
Police suspect the cashier and the gunman who were transporting the money to be involved in the theft. The complainant is Srinivas Gupta, a resident of Basavanagudi, who owns a wholesale shop in RMC Yard and several outlets in the city. According to the complaint, the incident took place around 8.30 pm on Friday. Two of Gupta’s employees, a cashier and a gunman, had collected the daily revenue from all his outlets and were heading towards Basavanagudi in a Honda City car when two bike-borne men told them that one of the car’s tyres was punctured. This happened near the Mahalakshmi Layout Metro station.
“The driver stopped the car and noticed that the tyre was punctured. He tried to change the tyre, but even the spare one was punctured. So he took the vehicle to a repair shop nearby. When the driver got out of the car, the cashier and gunman were speaking over their mobile phones outside. After a while, the cashier found the cash bag missing and immediately informed Gupta,” a police source told Expres.
When questioned, Gupta’s employees are said to have told the police that they have no idea how the money was stolen. Both said they did not see anyone come near the car. They also expressed suspicion about the two bike-borne men, but it is hard to believe their version, the police source added.
A senior officer said this is not the first time Gupta has lost money. Similar incidents were reported in JP Nagar and RMC Yard Layout police limits and the merchant lost about `5 lakh on both the occassions.